talks underway to reconsider 'golden' Burnham road surface
talks are set to get underway on changes to the unpopular golden-coloured
tarmac in the new events area in Burnham-On-Sea's High Street,
it has emerged this week as councillors also formally threw out
plans for golden-coloured pavements along the seafront.
Cllr Martin Cox explained at this week's council meeing that the
golden tarmac in the High Street had "not been quite what
councillors overturned their previous decision made in March to
introduce the 'golden' tarmac on The Esplanade pavements between
the jetty and Coastguard station as part of a £200,000 revamp.
The controversial decision, first reported here,
prompted an outcry.
Cllr Helen Groves added: "If you end up with sections of
the town centre and Esplanade with different colours it just looks
awful. I'd like to see it kept clean and tidy."
Bill Hancock agreed, saying: "I propose that it goes black
and stays black. The seafront is bound to be dug up in the future
and it cannot be resurfaced easily if it's not black."
Ken Smout added: "I have always said it should be black -
I don't want to see a patchwork of colours across the town."
vote was taken, with simple black tarmac chosen for the seafront.
road colouring in the High Street events area will also be discussed
with Somerset County Council's Highways team by the Town Council's
Town Projects Committee as part of ongoing negotiations over the
remaining work in the town centre.
accidents occurred in the High Street events area in the days
after the new tarmac was installed with several pedestrians hurt,
as we reported at the time.
District Council has earmarked £200,000 towards the cost
of resurfacing the pavements between the jetty and Coastguard
station. We reported last summer that cracks
along the seafront were being patched up, before the longer-term
resurfacing is implemented.
Jo Hutchins said in a letter to councillors: "The current
surfacing is cracked and showing signs of wear and Sedgemoor intends
to go out to tender to replace the surface at the end of this